Make November go with a bang

November 4, 2013

Traditional Slimming World fare is all about food that keeps you warm and this November a local slimming expert, Gill Lucas has some sparkling ideas for cosy, comfort food that’s healthy for the whole family too.

November marks the arrival of winter as the nights close in and the countdown to Christmas gets well and truly underway. It can be a challenging time for slimmers as they crave cosy comfort foods, and the good news is that at Slimming World you can enjoy all your favourite winter warmers and still keep your weight loss on track.

“Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan is based around satisfying foods like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat and fish so members never go hungry. Each week at group we share recipe ideas to keep each other inspired and motivated, and in the run-up to events like Bonfire Night there are lots of snack and meal recipes being passed around so that these special days don’t scupper members’ weight loss success. It’s this sort of planning and sharing ideas that helps slimmers to stay focused and rocket towards their dream figures – so many of our members are already celebrating great weight losses, We joke that they’re my Bonfire firecrackers!”

If you’d like a taste of Slimming World, try this Cowboy Hotpot from Slimming World’s newest recipe book Family Feasts on a Budget:

Cowboy Hotpot

serves 4

ready in about 40 minutes

4 large potatoes, peeled and halved

low calorie cooking spray

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

8 Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself Extra Lean Cumberland Sausages, cut into 3 pieces 2 large carrots, peeled and finely diced

150ml hot vegetable stock

400g can chopped tomatoes with herbs

415g can baked beans

410g can mixed beans, drained and rinsed

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook the potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, spray a deep casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray, add the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the sausages and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, stock and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the baked beans and mixed beans and cook for a further 5 minutes to heat through.

Preheat the grill to hot.

Spoon the sausages and beans into individual heat-proof serving dishes or a shallow casserole dish. Slice the potatoes and arrange over the top of the sausage mixture. Spray with low calorie cooking spray, season well and grill for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Serve hot with a mixed salad.

For more information and other delicious recipes or to join the Markethill Slimming World groups, pop along or call Gill on 07783832760. The group meets every Thursday in Markethill Elim Church at 9.30, 11.30, 5.30 and 7.30.